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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

CD Review: Ken Peplowski - Enrapture

Ken Peplowski (clt/ten); Ehud Asherie (pno); Martin Wind (bs); Matt Wilson (dms/perc.)
(Review by Lance)
Any disc by Peplowski arrives like a breath of fresh air. Shaw/Goodman/DeFranco encapsulated as one - a clarinettist capable of cherishing the past whilst living for today. On tenor he exudes the feeling only the best can achieve, Not as effusive as Webster or Hawkins nor as Cool as Getz, maybe Zoot is nearest - ie the best of both worlds eg: Our Love Affair from the film An Affair to Remember is certainly one to remember for the above mentioned qualities.
The material comes from diverse, and often surprising, material.
Oh My Love (Lennon/Yoko); Cheer Up Charlie (Bricusse/ Newley); I'll Follow My Secret Heart (Noel Coward); Love Music From Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann); When October Goes (Manilow/Mercer); Willow Tree (Fats Waller); Flaming Sword (Ellington); Twelve (Peter Erskine) and the title track Enrapture (Herbie Nichols).
This isn't your familiar hard swinging mainstream player - although there's a fair representation of the Peplowski we know and love - a lot of the music is contemplative, exploratory, in a romantic sought of way and, perhaps, makes us love him even more!
His fellow travellers are well up to the job despite being unfamiliar names. Asherie plays great piano and Wind's bowed bass blast on Willow Tree is a lesson in arcology. Wilson kicks a few shades on the same number - seven shades would have been too many for this beautiful, rarely heard, number.
Lance.
Available February 16 on Capri Records.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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